Policy Makers, Farmers and Ranchers, Agriculture Industry Convene to Mark 2017 National Ag Day

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 , 2:32 pm

Annual event in Washington D.C. celebrates accomplishments of today’s farmers and ranchers and the vital role agriculture plays in our society.

Hundreds of agribusiness professionals, media, association and government officials came together at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on March 21, 2017, as part of agriculture’s annual National Ag Day celebration.

The morning event was organized by the Agriculture Council of America (ACA), U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), American Agricultural Editors’ Association (AAEA) and National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) and commenced with a panel on SMART Farming: Producing Sustainable, Nutritious Food for Life.

Moderated by Greg Horstmeier, DTN, Editor-in-Chief, panelists addressed how today’s farmers and ranchers use the latest technology and methods to grow and raise more sustainable food with less impact on our environment. On the panel, speakers included Chip Bowling, Maryland crop farmer and USFRA Vice Chairman, Beverly Flores, John Deere Media and Communications Manager, Lauren Schwab, Ohio pig farmer and USFRA Face of Farming & Ranching and Andrew Walmsley, American Farm Bureau Federation, Director, Congressional Relations.

Key highlights on the panel showcasing SMART Farming included:

• “On our farm, we utilize conservation tillage for soil health. We want the soil and nutrients to stay in the fields and not our waterways” – Chip Bowling
“Agriculture is built on technology & innovation, it shapes what we do. Let’s reassure others about farming today” – Beverly Flores
“We continually improve how we house our pigs. We’ve adapted to where we can give individualized care to each sow” – Lauren Schwab
“Engage with others and put rumors to rest. People just want to know their food is safe to feed their families” – Andrew Walmsley

Additionally, Ray Starling, Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture, Trade, and Food Assistance contributed to the event by offering remarks around the new administration as well as how we as an industry need to ‘Brag on Ag’. During the Press Club Event, Mr. Starling announced a Presidential Proclamation declaring March 21 as National Ag Day which received a resounding applause by attendees.

During his remarks, Ray Starling shared, “I see our priorities for agriculture falling into four different buckets, which include: promoting agricultural trade, providing farmers with access to a reliable, affordable workforce, halting the regulatory onslaught for farmers and ranchers, and improving infrastructure in rural America.” His hope for this administration is to “leave behind a mechanism where agriculture continually has a seat at the table.” And he emphatically stated, “American farmers & ranchers are the heart and soul of this country.”

The Press Club event also featured the presentation of the Ag Day Essay Contest scholarship. Annette Degnan from CHS presented Bridger Gordon from Whitewood, S.D., received a $1,000 prize for his winning essay. Click here to view the winning essay online.

The Charles Eastin Award was presented to Sue Tebow, creator of the Facebook page agri.CULTURE, which showcases the unique culture of the real people working in agriculture. The Eastin Award honors an outstanding individual who stands out as an advocate for accurate communications between rural and urban audiences.

The event also honored the four John Deere Outstanding Young Farmers for 2016. In attendance were Kevin and Jennifer Wolsky, Jennifer Niederer, Joseph and Ida DeFrancesco, Nathan Youngquist and Brooke Loisel. The Outstanding Young Farmer program began in the 1940s.

Click here to watch a recording of the entire Press Club Event.

In addition to bringing awareness of National Ag Day at the Press Club Event, USFRA CEO Randy Krotz placed an op-ed in The Hill for National Ag Day, titled Our Food System is Flourishing, Not Broken to celebrate the many accomplishments of today’s farmers and ranchers and help inform the general public about the vital role agriculture plays in our society.

Ray Starling to Speak at the Ag Day Press Club Event

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 , 3:50 pm

We have confirmed that Ray Starling – Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture, Trade, and Food Assistance will be speaking at the Ag Day Press Club event!

This event takes place on Tuesday, March 21 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Click here to register.


Full Schedule for National Ag Day:

Tuesday, March 21
Press Club Event
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
529 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20045

Panel Discussion
Smart Farming: Producing Sustainable, Nutritious Food for Life

Moderator: Greg Horstmeier, DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Panelists:
Chip Bowling, NCGA Chairman, USFRA Vice Chair, Maryland Crop Farmer
Lauren Schwab, USFRA Face of Farming & Ranching, Ohio Pig Farmer
Dr. Bob Young, American Farm Bureau Federation
Beverly Flores, North American Media Relations and Communications, John Deere

Contest Winners & Outstanding Young Farmers Honored

Sponsored by AAEA, NAFB & USFRA
Click here to RSVP. 

Taste of Ag Reception
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Capitol Visitor Center
Click here to RSVP.


Other Events in D.C.:

Monday, March 20
Agri-Pulse Reception
5:30- 7:30 p.m.
National Press Club
More information at https://www.agri-pulse.com/events.

Wednesday, March 22
Council for Agricultural Science and Technology Seminar
The Need for Agricultural Innovation to Sustainably Feed the World by 2050: Plant Breeding and Genetics
Speakers: Dr. Stephen Baenziger, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and Dr. Rita Mumm. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.
Click here for more information.


Find out more information about National Ag Day at www.agday.org!

And check out the 2017 Ag Day Blog for great articles that celebrate American agriculture.

Three Weeks Until National Ag Day

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 , 12:32 pm

The 2017 National Ag Day is just three short weeks away! See below for a schedule of all 2017 Ag Day activities. We hope to see you in D.C.!

Tuesday, March 21
Press Club Event
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
529 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20045

Panel Discussion
Smart Farming: Producing Sustainable, Nutritious Food for Life

Moderator: Greg Horstmeier, DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Panelists:
Chip Bowling, NCGA Chairman, USFRA Vice Chair, Maryland Crop Farmer
Lauren Schwab, USFRA Face of Farming & Ranching, Ohio Pig Farmer
Dr. Bob Young, American Farm Bureau Federation
Beverly Flores, North American Media Relations and Communications, John Deere

Contest Winners & Outstanding Young Farmers Honored

Sponsored by AAEA, NAFB & USFRA
Click here to RSVP. 

Taste of Ag Reception
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Capitol Visitor Center
Click here to RSVP.


Other Events in D.C.:

Monday, March 20
Agri-Pulse Reception
5:30- 7:30 p.m.
National Press Club
More information at https://www.agri-pulse.com/events.


Find out more information about National Ag Day at www.agday.org!

And check out the 2017 Ag Day Blog for great articles that celebrate American agriculture.

National Ag Day is Next Month

Written by NAMA on Thursday, February 16, 2017 , 10:22 am

The 2017 National Ag Day is next month! See below for a schedule of all 2017 Ag Day activities. We hope to see you in D.C.!

Tuesday, March 21
Press Club Event
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Panel Discussion
Smart Farming: Producing Sustainable, Nutritious Food for Life

Moderator: Greg Horstmeier, DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Panelists:
Chip Bowling, NCGA Chairman, USFRA Vice Chair, Maryland Crop Farmer
Lauren Schwab, USFRA Face of Farming & Ranching, Ohio Pig Farmer
Dr. Bob Young, American Farm Bureau Federation
Beverly Flores, John Deere

Contest Winners & Outstanding Young Farmers Honored

Sponsored by AAEA, NAFB & USFRA
Click here to RSVP. 

Taste of Ag Reception
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Capitol Visitor Center
Click here to RSVP.

Room Block:
Hyatt Place Washington, DC/US Capitol
33 New York Avenue, Washington, DC 20002
T: (202) 289 5599  F: (202) 289 5591
Room rate: $229
Cutoff Date: February 27
Click here to reserve a room.

Find out more information about National Ag Day at www.agday.org!

2017 National Ag Day Essay Contest

Written by NAMA on Thursday, January 19, 2017 , 10:27 am

The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) is now accepting submissions for the 2017 National Ag Day Essay Contest. This year’s theme is “Agriculture: Food for Life” and the deadline is January 31, 2017. The contest is divided into two categories: the written essay contest and the video essay contest. Both are national competitions and there will be one winner for each category.

The national written essay winner receives a $1,000 prize and round-trip ticket to Washington, D.C. to be recognized at the National Press Club Breakfast on March 21, 2017. The video essay winner wins a $1,000 prize.

The Ag Day Essay Contest is sponsored by CHS Inc., National Association of Farm Broadcasting, National Agri-Marketing Association and Penton Agriculture.

Click here for more information on the contest.


About National Ag Day:

This is the 44th anniversary of National Ag Day. The goal of the ACA is to provide a spotlight on agriculture and the food and fiber industry. The ACA not only helps consumers understand how food and fiber products are produced, but also brings people together to celebrate accomplishments in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.

The Agriculture Council of America will host several events in Washington D.C. this year; take a look at the 2016 Schedule of Events!

The ACA encourages everyone to get involved in National Ag Day. If you can’t make it to Washington D.C. to participate at the national level, there are many ways you can get involved with National Ag Day in your local communities. Visit the website to learn how you can get involved today.

Sponsorship:

National Ag Day would not be possible without the help of our sponsors. Thank you to all our 2016 sponsors! There are still sponsorship opportunities available, if you would like to get involved please contact Jenny Pickett, (913) 491-6500.

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